Spieth (67) leaning on 2012 U.S. Am experience


Jordan Spieth lost in the first round of the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills. (Getty)

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Jordan Spieth didn’t leave Cherry Hills with a trophy when he played the U.S. Amateur here in 2012, but he left with experience he believes is paying off at the BMW Championship this week.

Spieth opened with a 3-under-par 67 Thursday, good for a share of the lead in the suspended first round.

Though Spieth got bumped in a first-round loss in the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills two years ago, he took away some useful memories.

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“I really like the golf course,” said Spieth, who is ninth in FedEx Cup points. “It's nice to be back. It's nice to stay with the same family I stayed with back then. I kind of almost feel like I'm back at a U.S. Amateur, or a college event, this week.

“Just to be back here, and to see the golf course, and understand that this is one of the very few events where I may have more experience than a lot of the guys, I'll take that mental attitude the next few days.”